Inquirer staff writer Brittany Talarico reports:
Up to 1,000 firefighters, local union activists and concerned citizens will march to Philadelphia City Hall this morning to protest proposed service cuts to the fire department.
The march will begin at 11 a.m. at the Philadelphia Fire Fighters' Union Hall (IAFF Local 22) at 415 N. 5th Street.
"We have firefighters coming as far away as Fairfax County Virginia to join us in our protest," said David Kearney, recording secretary for the Philadelphia Fire Department.
The firemen will be protesting Mayor Nutter's plan to cut about 10 percent of the public fire protection without an independent scientific impact study, Kearney said. The cuts are scheduled to take effect on January 5, 2009, the start of the deadliest fire season in the city, he said.